Why is My Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working?

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Is the water dispenser on your refrigerator broken? If so, you can try to solve the issue by yourself or call Hale Appliance Repair for professional refrigerator repair CITY, STATE.

There are a lot of reasons for the water dispenser in a kitchen refrigerator to not work anymore. Again, some of the reasons are going to sound a little strange. However, something as simple as a power switch on the refrigerator has been the cause in the past. Be sure to inspect the more obvious potential issues prior to proceeding with complicated refrigerator repair. Let’s begin to cover this appliance repair problem and see all of the causes we can come up with for a broken water dispenser.

The reason for a water dispenser not dispensing is typically an installation issue, a filter problem or frozen water lines:

Refrigerator Installation Issues

You just bought a new refrigerator for your kitchen with a water dispenser, but it’s not dispensing water. The water dispenser has to be hooked up to the home’s water line. That might be the issue.

If your brand new refrigerator is replacing a previous refrigerator that didn’t feature an ice maker or water dispenser, there is a chance that you don’t have a functioning water line running to this area of the kitchen. Most of the time a water line is typically run from underneath a house either in a crawl space or basement. You can get this line at just about any hardware store and they’re very simple for even the average homeowner to install. Typically they have come with a water shut-off valve, which is necessary so that if you need to relocate the refrigerator, you can shut off the water.

If there is a water line, is the valve turned on? The valve handle must be in line with the hose. And, is there water going through the pipe you have used to connect the water line? Simple and questions, but things that have to be checked.

If you had to remove the doors during installation the water dispenser isn’t plugged in. Review the owner’s manual to see the wire harness for the particular refrigerator. Check that it is plugged into the refrigerator.

When the water line is hooked up, usually there’s air in the line. So, lifting and lowering the water dispenser lever to get the air out is needed.
Filter Issues

On some models, there are various filters. These filters can “expire”, become clogged or freeze. All of the filters are dependent on the style and brand of refrigerator. If the filter is blocked it might cause slow filling or no flowing. It’s recommended that your filter is replaced every 6 months. Replacing filters in a refrigerator can be hard sometimes. If you run into issues, go online and find the right method to change a filter.

One idea is to fill up the filter with water prior to installing it. Typically the water filters will take a long time to fill, which could cause you to assume the water dispenser is not working. You will want to read the owner’s manual if all else fails. To ensure it’s not air trapped in the lines, we recommend to depress the dispenser arm for about 5 minutes.

A frozen water tank might be the cause of the problem as well on some refrigerators. If the tank freezes it will leak onto the fresh food bins. Low amounts of food inside of the fresh food bins can cause freezing.